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was love in the air in corporate america this past week because of valentine's day, or were companies deciding to fall in love with each other and merge? anheuser-busch and grupo modelo moved closer to their $20 billion beer merger. warren buffett announced it's buying food giant heinz. and if u.s. regulators allow it, usair will take over bankrupt american airlines creating the world's biggest airline in the process. that deal is good for investors, but passengers worry airfares
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will shoot up as competition disapears. but take a look at this. just after airline deregulation came into effect, there were 20 major airlines in the united states. by 1990, there were only 12 major airlines in operation. today just seven and with "uss -- usair and american merging we'll be down six. usair and american don't have a lot of overlapping routes or hubs. in the end, there will only be about out routes out of the 9,000 or so that will be served by one airline. they may see fares go up. but look at this. since 1979, prices for an average domestic economy airfare have dropped from $579 then to $365 now, though they have started to tick up a little bit lately. so much for that myth that merging airlines causes prices to go up. thanks for watching this week. find me on facebook at facebook.com/ali velshi. see you monday at 3:30 p.m. for your "money daily." have great weekend.
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hello, everyone, it is 4 p.m. in the east, 1 p.m. on the west. i'm deborah feyerick in for fredricks whitfield. if you are just tuning in, thanks so much for being here, spending part of your day with us. these are the top stories that we are following right now in the cnn newsroom. danica patrick makes history as the first woman to win the pole for the daytona 500. that puts her in the best starting position for the race next sunday. she clocks a qualifying speed of 196 miles an hour. that's also her first full-time season in nascar's sprint cup series. patrick spent a lot of this week answering questions about her private life, dating fellow sprint cup requires a, ricky citizen house, jr. now, yes, she has something else to talk about. in washington, thousands of people are marching. their demands? they want more action on climate change. among their calls is for president obama to kill the big keystone xl pipeline. we have a reporter been in the
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crowds all afternoon. we will take you there in a few moments. massachusetts soaked again with a thick blanket of snow a week after that devastating blizzard slammed into t boston's the hardest hit with strong winds and gusting snow, making it very hard to see. in detroit, a massive pileup on the highway due to snow, southbound i-75 was shutdown for hours after about 20 to 30 cars spun out of control, crash nothing one another. drivers said it was impossible to see in the snowstorm. >> it was just like somebody suddenly threw a white sheet across the windshield. and we couldn't see anything. >> more cars, you could hear them smashing near be. >> one after another, banging. >> the winter storm warning for massachusetts ends less than an hour from now about 5:00. tom seder joins me from the weather center. are they expected to improve in
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massachusetts any time soon? >> think they will massachusetts the next few hours, but maine into tomorrow, blizzard warnings continue. we have a couple storms stacked up for this week, going to be an active week i want to show you know? total reports, even though only one to three inches, it was parts of south carolina. some of these areas, not just the first measurable snowfall nor winter but give the go back two winters ago to have some measurable snow. the warnings still in play, as you mentioned, just for another hour. we make our way northward with dough have advisories in effect until midnight tonight and then blizzard conditions, mainly because of the winds and the blowing and drifting snow as we get into tomorrow afternoon t is winding down. again, just a week after being hit very hard by that massive blizzard, just a week ago today, we had its ef-4 tornado in hattiesburg, mississippi you can as it winds down, watch into to push off, the snow totals kind of impressive, five and six inches, massachusetts, logan airport, 5.1. if do you have a flight, always a good idea to call ahead. as we watch the winds, even though, you know, ♪ comes to an end, these are
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sustained winds, these are not gusts, going to be cold, blustery day for the northeastern part of the country for presidents' day tomorrow. now talk about not only one storm system but two more we are watching, one the middle of the country, blizzard conditions set for the north, parts of north dakota into minnesota. advisories, winter storm watches and warnings but it's not just this storm. we have two there's another one in the gulf offing an ac. they are going to quickly make their way across the country w this one, the blizzard conditions, most of the snow staying in the great lakes, into the eastern prairies of canada but we will watch for the threat of any possible strong storms we do not want another tornado outbreak like we had last sunday, that is one leaves, the next one may be even stronger. this will have blizzard conditions and severe weather in the deep south. again, going to be an active week. president's morning, presidents' day morning, they are spraying the orchards with water. hard freeze. coldest air of the season down to atlanta this morning, deborah. >> tom say thor there for us. thanks so much.
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there is a plan to allow immigrants to become residents eight years after they pass background checks. until they, two have to carry status of lawful prospective immigrant it is a way for america's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants who are here to become citizens. republicans led by senator marco rubio call this reported version of the president's plan "dead on arrival" in congress. rubio spores the bipartisan gang of eight plan, which was released last month. that also offers a pathway to citizenship, along with more money for broader security. republicans say the white house plan doesn't do enough to secure america's borders, even though would increase funds for the border patrol. over in illinois, the family of jesse jackson jr. says they are struggling to cope with allegations the former congressman misused campaign
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funds for personal expenses, but they are also standing by his side as he faces federal charges while struggling, in part, with his mental health. >> dealing with issues of his health, as well as legal issues and dealing with both simultaneously. we ask that you be mindful that he is not able to speak for himself. >> jesse jackson jr. stepped down as a congressman to deal with those health problems. he says he takes responsibility for his actions. a judge will decide whether he will serve any prison time. and while track star oscar pistorius sits in a south african jail accused of killing his model girlfriend, his fellow sprinter, usain bolt is trying to process how he got there the six-time medalist says he is shocked to hear of the
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allegations against pistorius. >> when i heard, i was like, what? who? as in the arch putty, the guy who run the 400 meter? i was asking all kinds of questions because this can't be the same guy that i have seen that i know. and i still can't process it really. i'm trying to process what really happened. what's going on. as far as i am kearned, i'm justliening out, listening to the news what's up, follow twitter and see what is going on. because for me, i'm still in slightly shock for what happened. >> and all future races that oscar pistorius was expected to compete in, they have now been canceled, according to a statement released by his management company just a short time ago. and back to our big story this hour, history being made in washington. thousands marching for more action on climate change. organizers claim it is the biggest rally of its kind ever in the u.s. our chris lawrence is right in the middle of t and chris, what is the main call for action
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there today and why today? >> reporter: well, i think two reasons, two big issues here, deb, the last few die-hards start to straggle away, down to a few thousand people from crowd that organizers say once numbered about, you know, 30 to 40,000. but they have two issues. one, they want stricter emissions standards, not only on future power plant bus on existing power plants as well. and they want president obama to block the extension of that keystone pipeline. that's the pipeline that's bringing oil from canada right now it's only authorized to bring it into the great lakes region, but president obama has to decide whether to extend that pipeline all the way down into the gulf coast. we spoke with a couple younger people who came here from far away who say they do not want him to extend that pipeline. >> i'm only 16 and someday, i hope to have my own kids and i think this is -- i want them to
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live in a world that's, you know, like environmentally safe and natural. >> keystone xl is a dirty and dangerous pipeline t is literally going to cut our country in half, carrying a very dangerous fuel and it will cause runaway climate change. >> reporter: yet again we talked to a lot of folks who are younger voters who say they back president obama in the last two elections and is that cause that is near and dear to their heart around they do expect some sort of action. deb? >> you know, chris, president obama has been talking pretty tough on climate change, he wants to see things happen s anything likely to happen, especially with respect to the keystone pipeline. >> reporter: you know, you have got to go state by state, legislator boo by legislator. if you look at some of the states out west that president obama carried in the last couple of elections, oregon, california, states like that, climate change is a very big,
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relevant issue out there and he might get a lot of support from some of the legislators from those states. on the other hand, we have already heard legislators from nebraska where the pipeline would cut through, saying it would bring jobs to that area. we have heard complaints from folks in west virginia saying harsher standards are just going to take away jobs from their coal industry. so it's really going to be very geographical in terms of how the support or the opposition to this goes down. >> absolutely. okay. a big debate to watch. chris lawrence, thanks so much for being right in the middle of it, as you always are. we appreciate it. in los angeles, a different rally, this one, dozens of protesters gathering outside the lapd headquarters, they carried signs supporting renegade ex-cop and cop killer, christopher dorner them don't support dorner's deadly camp page but say the accusations of corruption, racism, even brutality even the lapd need to be address sod this doesn't happen again.
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>> i think there are a lot of honest policemen out there trying toer is of the people. but it just is atrocious what mr. dorner did and we don't want it to happen again. >> now, our nick valencia is here with me today. nick, you were out in los angeles. it seems a little bit odd that people would actually support a cop killer. what is going on exactly? >> not just a cop killer, deb. let's not forget, he killed two innocent civilians as well, the daughter of the man that defended him during his appeal process as well as her fiance. but let's be clear about something. as was the soundbite lead nothing this report. the people that you talked to that say that they are out there in support of chris donor, not so much behind what he did, his actions they don't support the actions of the los angeles police department and that manifesto made by chris dorner, he made wide, sweeping accusations of abuse and corruption against the los angeles police department. in fact, when i was there last week, i asked the los angeles mayor, antonio villaraigosa if
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any legitimacy or credence should be given to dorner's words. >> there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that was done to this individual that would rationalize in any way the murder of three innocent people. the notion that somehow this deranged individual should be given any creed dense boggles my mind. >> reporter: deb, it is the the way the lapd handled this dorner manhunt and investigation. last week, on thursday, they opened fire against two innocent civilians, two hispanic women, delivering newspapers at dawn in a neighborhood being given that security detail that does of families were receiving after dorner's manifesto surfaced. >> absolutely. clearlying that something that even the police themselves will be looking into, the car those two women were driving was suspiciously like the model that dorner was said to have also been driving. the lapd opened or reopened the
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investigation, i should say, into dorner's firing that seminal event that led to all of this in his mind but he blamed a lot of people going back to elementary school. are the allegations, in part, credible and is that what the lapd is trying to determine. >> reporter: those are questions that i specifically posed to the los angeles police department. lieutenant andrew smith with lapd media relation. because of its an ongoing active investigation, he was unable to answer some of the specific questions i had. dorner, if you remember, made an allegation he was hacked and had to get a restraining order against one of his colleagues in the lapd. i asked lieutenant andrew smith about that -- commander andrew smith about that and he said because of the ongoing version he was not allowed to answer that. so it's going to be really up to reporters like us to press the los angeles police department about more information post-dorner's death. >> clearly, the lapd really understands that they have to make sure that they do this investigation, do it properly, so, there is no sort of second guessing or any doubt as they move forward. >> that's right. >> nick valencia, thank you so
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much for your reporting. appreciate it. president obama and congress on a deadline and under pressure to reach a debt deal to keep deep spending cuts from kicking in. are they close to an agreement? we have those details. and the president also under pressure, but of a different kind. he is on the golf course, playing against a top golfer, somebody who is definitely making him, maybe, a little nervous. and lebron james on a record-setting tear. so, is he the next michael jord snrn find out. lebron is going to tell us, straight ahead. [ female announcer ] what if the next big thing, isn't a thing at all?
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call it one of the perks of being president. mr. obama playing a round of golf with none over other than tiger woods today. the president is enjoying a golfing weekend with friends in palm city you florida. he is also playing with jim crane and democratic supporter and owner of the posh resort where they are playing. to top it off, the president got a golf lesson from tiger's former coach. president obama laid out his plan for his second term and could you call it a big wish list but vel to get past the two big hurdles in front of him first acres voiding automatic across-the-board budget cuts coming in two weeks and getting the defense secretary nominee confirmed. candy crowley is ankle over "state of the union" and with us from washington. candy, i want to play a clip from your show this morning. when you asked new york
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democratic senator xhuk shum ber those $85 billion in cuts. take a listen. >> well, here's what i think. i think that democrats have the high ground, both substantively and politically and we will win on this issue. why? it is very simple. the republicans proposed devastating cuts. >> now, candy, both side agree that these cuts would be devastating. how are they gonna come to some middle ground in time? >> i don't know that they will in time actually. we also had senator barrasso on, number fleet hierarchy on the republican side, he said cuts are going to happen. you have two very different views, i think what you will see is that march 1st will come and go the sequestration will begin. and there's probably dworks three week necessary there where they can still come to some accommodation.
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whether they will or not depends on hot cuts will hit. there there be some public outrage because tsa lines are longer? wherever -- we heard this whole host of horrible things that will happen if sequestration happens seem what happens there and see if that actually does occur. in the end, sequestration, these across-the-board cuts will happen. and where there is a glimmer of hope, these ribbon discriminate across-the-board cuts. what people are talking about or have been talking about is what if we say to the defense department, you industrial to cut this kind of money but you get to choose where the cuts are made that may happen. >> let's move to former senator chuck hagel, vietnam vet, won two purple hartless, first ever defense secretary nominee to be filibustered, which as i come to understand it, it a way of delaying vote until all the politicians get back from the president's weekend. what did you learn on your show
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tod today. >> a couple thing, most folks, even those who will vet against chuck hail hague, believe he will become the next defense secretary. the republicans suede need to know more things, a couple speeches, we haven't seen exactly what he said. in the end, you will have the majority of republicans, i guess will vote against haig bull they will allow the vote to go forward. >> so incredible, looking at it from an outsider, the process didn't move that much fast we are secretary of state john kerry's nomination. there seems to be a lot more theater involved in this. is it why, i guess? >>er can raves popular choice. well liked, across the board, republicans and democrats and very quick and made it known, you remember all the pushback to sues rice. she didn't even make it to nomination if, indeed, she was the president's first choice and some question about that nevertheless, susan rice, now the u.n. ambassadoren and then the u.n. ambassadorer someone republicans made it known we
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don't want. now, when hagel's name began to surface for defense secretary, the same kind of thing began to happen but the president having sort of looked as though he backed off susan rice, this was not one he intended to back off from. haig was much more con throw vers a nominee than kerry was. >> candy crowley, ankle over "state of the union," thanks so much. >> thanks. and the nba all-star game is tonight in houston. one of the biggest stars there is talking exclusively to cnn, lebron james opens up about his goals on the court around the comparisons to michael jorden. and turning a hot space rock into cold, hard cash. that's exact what i some russians are hoping to do after friday's powerful meteor blast. find out just how much money they could make ahead in the newsroom. and if tough go out today, just a reminder, you can continue watching cnn from your mobile phone, also watch cnn live from your laptop, go to cnn.com/tv. .
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nba all-star game goes down tonight and that also means the annual slamdunk showdown. first, on the bleacher report it is a milestone for a legend. michael jordan was known for wearing number 23. today, it's all about the big 5-0 that's right it is his birth day. he turns 50, which is the new 30, i hear. players still try to emulate him on the court. have a look at last night's dunk contest. defending champ jeremy evans dunking over a painting of himself. that he painted. himself. and then signs, himself. that got a lot of people talking. you think dunking over a painting is an incredible feat, how about dunking over a kid? a brave kid. toronto raptors kid ross goes over the top of a ball boy. his knee just clears the boy's head. that got him the win as this year's slamdunk champion. for more entertaining sports news, check out bleacherreport.com.
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he is 28 years old and earned $53 million playing for the miami heat basketball team last year. three-time winner of the nba's most valuable player award and according to the experts, he is playing his best basketball right now. rachel nichols sat down with lebron james to ask, what's next? ♪ >> dwyane wade said after the one of these games, the last week or two he looked at you and he said you who are you right now? >> he did. he did. and i said what do you mean, who am i? i'm your best friend, right? i don't know hour. you're from another planet. >> most of us don't know what it's like to be on an nba court and shooting with that kind of accuracy. can you compare it to anything in regular life that the rest of us can know how you feel right now looking at that basket? >> well, i mean, i guess would say the way i've been shooting had the ball it just feels like
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you're on a beach and you have a tennis ball and you can just, no matter where you though it, it is going to land in the water. that is just the feeling every time guy on the floor. i feel like every shot i take no matter what shot i take, will go in. i haven't shot 100% yet. >> you want to. you were close one night. >> yeah, i was close. i missed a lay-up. i missed a lay-up. >> that lay-up bothers you? >> that playup -- after the fact. during the game, didn't know. after the fact, 13-14, blew a lay-up. >> you tweeted this year, i am not mj, i'm lj. how sick are you of being compared? >> not a sick thing. i'm not sick of that just that mike is mike. and a man can only be himself. and i can't be mike. i don't want to be mike. i want to not i wanna -- i am so i'm i am. >> everyone is so focused on your basketball now but all these other parts of your personality that we are seeing whether it's you playing catch
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with the fan the other night, you taking the guy when he makes the half-court shot or saw you joking around with your family or a commercial or off cartoon series. >> a lot of people think it's kind of like staged. it's just -- i don't know. it happens, it is neat. like you said, the instance with the fan and the basketball. i don't know -- i went over, hey, give me the ball, he threw it to me light. i was like, give me a better pass than that. >> we talked over the years, where we say i have more fun, i play better basketball. there is a relationship. it s. >> playing the best basketball of your life, a blimp are you having the most fun of your life? >> absolutely. this is fun. on this level, it's hard, you know, to find that balance and i'm happy that i'm at a point in my career, i found a balance and i'm back to having fun and loving the game that i've always loved. >> thanks, rachel. well, lebron james will play in tonight's nba all-star game. the great python challenge in florida is over. we will tell you just how many
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hey there everybody t is 4:30 on the east coast, 1:30 on the west coast. i'm deborah feyerick in for fredricks whitfield. happy you are with us today. these are the top stories we are following for nut cnn newsroom. history is made just ahead of the daytona 500. danica patrick is the first woman to win the pole for the big race next sun day. that puts her in the best starting position. she clocked a qualifying speed of 196 miles an hour a short time ago. she spent this week answering questions about dating fellow racer, rick yes stenhouse jr. somebody close up front, she has something else to talk b in los angeles, a protest outside lapd headquarters and dozens of protesters carried signs supporting renegade ex-cop, christopher dorner. they don't support the ex-cop's lady rampage but they say racism, brutality in the lapd
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has to be investigate sod it doesn't happen again. >> i think there's a lot of honest policemen thought trying to solve the people but just atrocious what what mr. dorner did and we don't want it to happen again. >> he was fired from the lapd after falsely accusing his training officer of kicking ament is. he died tuesday after the going on a deadly revenge spree against officers. to florida where the great python challenge has ended. that was the state-sponsored hunt for burmese thighs on this, an invasive snake species living in the state. the search yielded 68 pythons. out of the 100,000 estimated to live in the everglades. the longest of the giant stakes was 14 feet 3 inches and netted the hunter a prize of $1,000. i would pay him twice that if that thing were in my house. in western siberia, shattered windows and walls were among the damage done by the exploding meteor.
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the russians may want to prepare for another explosion this one, a tourism boom. meteorite hunters are booking trips to the youral mountains to see what's left after once-in-a-lifetime event. there's no way to know just how many fragments of that meteor hit ground after it blew up or where many of them ended up. pope benedict xvi led tens of thousands in a prayer for strength. this morning, he gave his second-to-last prayer as pontiff and thanked his followers for their support. last week, the 85-year-old pope announced he is resigning because of advanced age. now that the catholic also a chance to get used to the fact that pope pen duhe benedict is stepping down. who do they think should lead the you are hurricane charley moving forward? join something he james salt, executive director of the catholics united and kim daniels, director of catholic voices usa. both of are you catholic. you have different visions on which direction the church
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should take. james, today you argue in the "washington post" that the current strategy of the catholic church is failing. why? and what type of change do you want to see? >> thanks, deb. certainly, with the departure of benedict, it's a gracious gesture of humility, more importantly, it's an opportunity to reset operate or out of the catholic church. take for example, you know, the catholic church is known for the strict opposition to issues of human sexuality, its opposition gay marriage and contraception. what if, instead, our faith were known for the teachings relating to the common good, issues like climate change and the need to reorient the world economy to better meet the needs of the world's poor? >> so, it's much more of a progressive vision. kim, during his eight-year pain pass circumstance pope benedict xvi elevated about 67 cardinals. so, it seems safe to say that at least he and those cardinals feel the church's priorities are pretty much where they want to be. do you think it will continue as a conservative body still? >> well, i think it's clear that
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the church will continue to confidently engage the world, proclaiming its teachings, even when they are counter cultural. we are not called to accommodate ourselves to this isolating entire culture. we are called to bring a life-affirming message as an alternative to people. and i have to disagree with james' characterization? a liberal versus conservative matter. in fact, we are both and faith t is not mutually exclusive to say you can care about the poor and also care about babies this a woman's womb. it's -- we are called to serve the voiceless and vulnerable, wherever we find them that is the message of the church. >> what's fascinating is that u.s. kath slicks split with the vatican on a lot of issues. now, there's a slight chance that arch bishop timothy dolan could be up for major consideration. he certainly could take the church into a more modern direction. what do you think, james? >> well, let's be honest, there's a crisis of leadership within the catholic church and he is specially within american kath toll cism. one of every three catholics
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born into the faith no longer consider themselves catholic and it's because we no longer see the inspiration of the gospel notice actions of our bishops. increasingly, our bishops are known for their political actions and inheriting the leg zbas of pat robertson and jerry falwell and less and less a spiritual inspiration. >> kim you let me ask you that leads to another question, people are moving toward secularism, away from the message of the church, how does the church bring those people back and against these feels of disenfranchisement they are having? >> the catholics go to church in pews every sunday because they stand with our church. it's not a -- it's not a case it is a matter of political issues versus service issues. we are called to serve the church, called to serve the voiceless and vulnerable wrote ever we find them. this is part of a new eadvantage limpization, rekindling the faith in cultures that have become increasingly secular and different. this is a message that resonates
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with young catholics. you see this in the march for life, heavily catholic and as pro-choice leaders agree, incredible youthful enthusiasm about it you see the youth day millions of young people are -- >> people are coming back? >> people are coming back. absolutely. >> very quickly, as we wrap up, there's an old saying i was reminded of in one of the papers today, god has already chosen the next pope but up to the cardinals to figure out who god's choice is. kim, quickly, do you think will be the next pope? >> i can't say who it will be but i think i hear a lot of people talking about cardinal marc ouellet of canada. he speaks six languages, head of the congregation of bishops and be a great, great pope. >> james, last word, who do you think will be pope? >> i'm looking at jorge bridge shoal yo from argentina, more known for his humility and his commutes to work using public transportation and a jesuit and incredible respect for the needs of the poor in argentina.
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>> james salts, kim daniels, thank you so much. we really appreciate your insights today. >> thanks, deb. well, you can follow the process of selecting a new pope on our belief blog, cnn.com/belief. and here's a look at what's trending online. fighter been scrambling over president obama's vacation spot in florida. today, for the third time, f-16s had to escort a private plane out of the restricted airspace. saturday two other planes veered into the area. secret service is investigating. the president was playing golf there with tiger woods. the man who brought the iconic logo of america's team has died. jack erskridge designed the logo after joining the team in 195 9, a year before the first season kicked off. he was 89. reality tv star kim kardashian sold the beverly hills home she shared with ex-husband, chris humphries. reports say that kardashian was asking for about $5 million for
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the home after paying $3.4 million for it about two years ago. she is expecting a baby with singer kanye west. well, people are breaking open their piggy banks today to own a piece of camelot. are you one of them? hundreds of items once belonging to jfk and jackie o are on the auction block right now we will show you the extraordinary collection and preview the keep stake sakes that expected to bring in the highest bids. [ male announcer ] you are a business pro. omnipotent of opportunity. you know how to mix business... with business. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle. and go. you can even take a full-size or above. and still pay the mid-size price. i could get used to this. [ male announcer ] yes, you could business pro. yes, you could. go national. go like a pro. yes, you could.
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the 101st airborne division easy company is immortalized in the book and tv series "band of brothers" n florida this week, one of the last remaining members of the unit, roy gates jr., died. he was 91. he was there when easy company freed survivors of several concentration camps.
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he even saw hitler's private retreat, called the eagle's nest, in the final days of the war. 50 years after president john f. kennedy was assassinated, an auction house in massachusetts is selling items belonging to him. all of them were found in the home of david powers, a special assist tap the and long-time aide to president kennedy. he was a very good friend of the president and was with him from 1946 until the tragic day in 1963. rice university historian professor douglas brinkley joins me from austin, texas. thanks so much for being here. a lot of people are at the auction today. even after so many years, such high demand for all those items, what is it about these items that people want a part of? >> it's a great treasure trove of material. dave powers was the adviser to john f. kennedy with him everywhere, almost like a brother answered ended up saving all sorts of items, so i was utterly fascinated by this and i deal with a lot of auction
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houses on presidential memorabilia, being a presidential historian. i have never seen anything quite like the number of different significant mementos coming out of this collection. >> which one really jumped out to you, because there are some magnificent pitchers there. there are also notes and letters, which one, if could you own one of them, which would it be? >> i like the letter these wrote in 1945 from arizona, when he went out to benson, arizona, lived on a ranch for a while letters and stationary from a hot springs castle hot springs hotel and also saddleback. nobody thinks of john f. kennedy in arizona but these letters home from there are just fascinating. anybody writing a future book on the young jfk will end up using those letters as a primary source. >> also what are your impress n impressions, just looking at some of those pictures there? we have seen a lot of pictures of john kennedy and also jackie o.. but what about you resonates or what about them resonates for
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you in looking at these older photographs? >> well, remember, you know, john f. kennedy was murdered 50 years ago this year. but he always stays young and when you luke at these photos, you realize we don't have old images of john f. kennedy. so, there's just this handsome, gallant president, how tan he is in many of these photographs. many -- there's a whole group of ones i hadn't seen before, him playing with his dharp are really amazing. then i particularly like the ones of him on some of his tours that powers apparently took when kennedy would travel to the national parks, for example, took these candid shots of kennedy. a lot of these are faded, some a polaroid material. but interesting material. >> some say why not give these over to the library, why not make them available? what are your thought? >> i would love it if all went to the library, alas it is up for auction today it seemed to me a pity it couldn't have all been the dave powers' collection
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but money gets into the -- into reasons people need to do these things. but hopefully acres lot of these items will find great homes. it includes briefcase and cuff links and i fell in love with the little one, just the mercury one pin of john f. kennedy when the famous john glenn did his famous orbits of the earth, suborbits, for anybody that wants to look at his catalog, they will find something that speaks to them. >> you know what i think the one item i would want there doug, would be the bomber jacket. pretty sure that would fit me. >> boy that bomber jacket's an amazing item that is the famous jack that's fair force one bomber jacket, bobby kennedy do would wear it some, jfk would wear t ronald reagan asked to bore throw and return it had and the note from reagan for the returning, it's are the most iconic, i think, garment of john f. kennedy's, that bomber jacket. >> no question about that i think he made it fashionable for
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all presidents going forward. douglas brinkley, thank you so much. always wonderful to speak with you. >> okay. enjoyed it, thank you. what are your opinions on president obama's job performance? those huge spending cuts that could take effect in less than two weeks. geraldo rivera, the one and only, possibly running for the senate. your verdict, next. [ male announcer ] this is bob, a regular guy with an irregular heartbeat. the usual, bob? not today. [ male announcer ] bob has afib: atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem, a condition that puts him at greater risk for a stroke.
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in for an extended weekend tomorrow but for presidents' day, cnn political editor paul steinhauser has been busy findg out your take on the job president obama has been doing. paul? >> hey, deb. tomorrow's presidents' day, for most americans, means a day off from work or school, but i will use the holiday to check out what you think about the current president. the best way to do that is to look at his approval rating. according to a cnn poll of polls, which averages the most recent non-partisan live operator surveys are, 49% approve of the job president barack obama is doing with 43% giving him a thumbs down. you know, you're going to hear a lot this week about the so-called sequester, those mandatory across-the-board federal government spending cuts set to take effect on march 1st. 43% of those questioned in the most recent national poll on the subject from quinnipiac university said they don't want the cuts to take place with 22% saying let them happen but the survey suggests many people are not sure what to think as nearly one in three had no opinion.
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geraldo rivera generated headlines a few weeks ago when he said he thought he was thinking of running for senate in his home state new jer same poll out the other day doesn't bring the talk show host great news. half of those new jersey residents questioned in a monmouth poll said they would not consider voting for rivera at all. many may be thinking about the oscars, the academy awards a week away. i don't have any polling numbers on the oscars, unfortunately. ben debb? >> thank you, paul. have you ever wanted to grab a bite with nominees? we do . so...how'd it go? well, dad, i spent my childhood living with monks learning the art of dealmaking. you've mastered monkey-style kung fu? no. priceline is different now. you don't even have to bid. master hahn taught you all that? oh, and he says to say (translated from cantonese) "you still owe him five bucks."
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yooeer in hollywood, if you can't wait another week for the academy awards and who can you are in luck. entertainment correspondent nischelle turner got sit down with the nominees for a special oscar look ahead. check it out. >> this is one of my favorite parts. >> the annual oscar nominees luncheon. >> today was the first day where
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i felt like, oh this is really happening. >> a great excuse to get dolled up. >> i normally stay in my pajamas forever. >> and break bread. >> did you know i could eat five pounds? >> or not. >> did we have a lunch? >> with the who's who at this year's academy awards. >> hug steven spielberg and say hole low, it's ridiculous. >> no winners. no losers. just nominees. here's some of them now. >> for some, beet loved tradition is a reminder of early oscar memories. >> my father worked for price waterhouse. when the accountants used to come on the oscars, we a used to go crazy. i remember one year my dad saying i had a meet that guy once. i thought my dad was it. for me this is something beyond the realms of imagination. >> for others, the occasion validates years of sacrifice. it just seemed like it was just too hard to continue to struggle, i can't take this
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rejection anymore. and then suddenly, just as i made that decision, i would get to the point where i had bought my ticket home and then i would get a call. >> reporter: it mixes the excitement of youth. >> how i did get here? >> these legends my heroes. >> reporter: with the confidence of veterans. >> older and wiser. >> reporter: for the ultimate hollywood celebration. >> incredible. i saw helen hunt today and communicate how much i loved her performance. >> sally field, i got to know sally field through this something i idolized my life. >> today is the epitome of how lucky we are. >> reporter: what was the most fun about today? >> all of it. >> reporter: nischelle turner, cnn, hollywood. >> what an amazing picture there. well, an airline passenger allegedly slaps a crying 2-year-old by and uses a racial slur while telling his mom to shut the child up. the next hour of cnn newsroom, we will talk about tot parents about the incident and hear how delta airlines is responding.
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